Case study: Dr Eve Over MICFor

The Institute’s Marketing Manager, Hester McQueen, interviewed Dr Eve Over MICFor for 2019 International Women’s Day to highlight women excelling in our profession. Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse by joining the #ILookLikeAForester campaign. Find out how you can get involved >>

Dr Eve Over MICFor, Glastir Woodlands Implementation, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

What do you love most about your job?

It is still inspiring to learn about the multiple benefits that trees provide to society and to share this knowledge with individuals who want to plant and manage woodlands.

Why choose forestry?

I chose to work in forestry because I wanted to work in the natural environment and I thought forestry was the best option to do this. I am still pleased with my decision. I came into forestry when scientists were starting to discuss global warming and now it has an important role to play in climate change mitigation.

How can ICF support women in forestry and arboriculture?

The ICF has already worked hard to promote women in forestry and arboriculture. However, it is unusual to see women at senior levels in private forestry companies and the ICF needs to work with these companies to find what are the barriers to employing and retaining experienced women foresters.

What can professional organisations like the ICF do to attract a more diverse workforce?

This is a significant issue and both ICF and forestry education institutes have an important role to encourage individuals from BAME to opt for a career in forestry and arboriculture.

 

Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on International Women’s Day to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play. Follow the conversation #ILookLikeAForester